Update: Utilities Working To Restore Power

Utility workers are working to restore power to over 40,000 customers in the WSLM listening area of Southern Indiana. 

At one point Duke had over 40,000 customers without power. They have restored power to over 5,000 this morning.

Jackson County REMC reported

Jackson County REMC reports over 3,000 without power in Jennings, Jackson, Scott, and Washington. An update now reports that number is down to around 1,100. 

Duke reports outrages in these areas:

  • Monroe County – 185
  • Lawrence County – 900
  • Orange County – 394
  • Crawford County – 3,085
  • Brown County – 335
  • Jackson County – 1,038
  • Washington County – 2,207
  • Harrison County – 228
  • Floyd County – 4,785
  • Clark County – 4,757
  • Scott County – 1,226
  • Jefferson County – 6,616
  • Jennings County – 1,333
  • Ripley County – 2,977
  • Dearborn County – 3,041


Georgia Resident Killed in Fatal Crash in Clark County

This morning at approximately 3:55 am, on Interstate #65 near the 11.9 Mile Marker, a 2011 Toyota Sienna, (minivan), was travelling northbound in the center lane when the driver had to slow down for a fallen tree that was across all three lanes of travel.

A 2015 Mack U.P.S. semi-tractor with duel trailers was travelling behind the van. The semi-tractor and dual trailers was unable to slow down and rear ended the van pushing it into the median guard rail.

The Sienna mini-van was occupied by four people.

The driver, Norma P. Zepeda-Escobar, 28, from Lilburn, Georgia along with passengers, Julio C. Escobar, 32, from Hyattsville, Maryland and Abisai D. Garcia, 30, from Lilburn, Georgia were transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with unknown injuries.

Another passenger, Isidra Cornejo Pineda, 33, from Lilthonia, Georgia was declared deceased at the scene.

The semi-tractor and dual trailers was driven by Dennis D. Summers, from Franklin, Indiana. He was not injured.

Interstate #65 northbound was closed at the Nine Mile Marker, (Sellersburg), routing traffic to U.S. #31 for approximately 2.5 hours.

Seatbelt use is unknown at this time. No photos are available.

Ice Storm Knocks Out Power To Over 40,000 In Southern Indiana

Due to the heavy amount of ice Southern Indiana received overnight over 40,000 are without power for Duke and Jackson County REMC  customers.

Duke Energy has 2,819 customers without power in Washington County.

Other Duke outages include:

  • Orange County – 391
  • Lawrence County – 1,718
  • Crawford County – 3,650
  • Harrison County – 341
  • Floyd County – 4,902
  • Clark County – 5,553
  • Jefferson County – 7,448
  • Scott County – 956
  • Jackson County – 1,006
  • Jennings County – 3,027
  • Ripley – 1,146
  • Dearborn County – 2,631

Jackson County REMC reports over 3,000 power outages in Jennings, Jackson, Scott, and Washington.

REMC has all available crews and contracted crews out working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.

“Please visit our website www.jacksonremc.com, and our Facebook page Jackson County REMC for more information,” said Nicole Ault, Communications Specialist for Jackson County REMC.

“We will continue to update our Facebook page with the most recent information,” Ault said. 

Remember to stay away and NEVER touch a downed powerline.

Also, tree limbs are still breaking and will continue to do
so until the ice melts. Please stay safe and stay out from under any large trees or limbs. 

Any Jackson County REMC customer who is out of service and has not reported their outage is encouraged to report
their outage either on our SmartHub app, or by calling the office at 812-358-4458.

2018 Washington County Election Results

Here are precinct by precinct reports and a cumulative report from the Washington County election on Nov. 6. 

“We do apologize for just now having the complete election returns from Washington County,” said WSLM Owner and General Manager Rebecca White. “We just received them this morning. These results were denied to WSLM on Tuesday, Nov. 6 by the Washington County Election Board.”

Salem Media made a request shortly after 6a on Wednesday to the Washington County Clerk’s office for any and all election results. 

The results were emailed to WSLM this morning at 9:54a by the clerk’s office. 

The results are unofficial until being certified. 

2018 General Unofficial Precinct Report

2018 General Election-UNOFFICIAL Washington County, Indiana

Trooper’s Vehicle Struck During Pursuit; Three Arrested

A stolen vehicle hit an Indiana State Police car on Tuesday evening.

As a result, three were arrested and one person was cited. 

Nov. 6 at 4:39, Indiana State Police Trooper Courtland Woodruff was on duty on Wabash Avenue when he observed a red 2005 Chrysler Sebring with an expired license plate.

A database search indicated the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle then turned onto Van Buren Blvd heading south. Trooper Woodruff activated his emergency lights while behind the vehicle near Riley Avenue.

The vehicle initially came to a stop, however as Trooper Woodruff stepped out of his patrol vehicle, the vehicle took off. Trooper Woodruff requested assistance and pursued the vehicle with all emergency lights and siren activated.

The pursuit started on Riley Avenue heading west towards Brown Avenue. At this time, Trooper Woodruff noticed items being thrown from the vehicle. Also during the pursuit, the vehicle hit Trooper Woodruff’s patrol car. The pursuit eventually ended after the vehicle lost control and hit a stop sign at the corner of Hulman Street and Brown Avenue.

Indiana State Police Troopers along with the Terre Haute Police Department quickly detained five suspects from the vehicle. The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Terre Haute. During the inventory of the stolen vehicle, a small baggie was located in the back seat containing suspected methamphetamine.

Three suspects were transported to the Vigo County Jail with one being cited and released. The fifth suspect was a 16-year-old juvenile and transported to the Vigo County Juvenile Center. There were no injuries reported.

Arrested:    Megan Coleman age 19, of Terre Haute (driver).

                   Incarcerated in Vigo County Jail.

Charges:    Auto Theft, Child Endangerment, Resisting Law Enforcement, Possession of    Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Possession of Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Driving While Suspended (Prior), Reckless Driving and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated

Arrested:    Katie Cheesman age 25, of Terre Haute

                   Incarcerated in Vigo County Jail

Charges:    Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, and Possession of Paraphernalia

Arrested:    Jonathon Hemmons age 21, of Terre Haute

                   Incarcerated in Vigo County Jail

Charges:    Wanted on Warrant out of Vigo County for Auto Theft

Cited:         Harleigh Nicholson age 18, of Brazil

Charges:    Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia

Assisting were ISP Senior Trooper David Petrowski, Trooper Rondell Shelton and Trooper Brad Fyfe. Also assisting were officers from the Terre Haute City Police Department.

Two Seymour Residents Charged Following Traffic Stop

Yesterday, at approximately 2:00 pm, the Indiana State Police arrested a Seymour man and cited a Seymour woman for drug charges following a traffic stop on I-65 in Jackson County.

The investigation began when Sgt. Stephen Wheeles conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Hyundai SUV on I-65 Southbound near the 51 mile marker for a traffic offense. Upon speaking to the driver, identified as Timothy W. Shell, age 39, Seymour, Indiana, Sgt. Wheeles detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sgt. Wheeles conducted a search of the vehicle and located approximately 8.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Shell was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine (over 5 grams), possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. He was transported to the Jackson County Jail where he was incarcerated pending his initial appearance in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

A passenger in Shell’s vehicle, Kristen N. Brackemyre, age 37, Seymour, Indiana, was cited into court on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Sgt. Wheeles was assisted at the scene by Trp. Seth Davidson.

Bohemian Supper Club “Covers” Favorite Songs through Sunday

Over 40 Salem High School Choir students are busy preparing for the annual “Bohemian Supper Club” to be presented Nov 8-11 at the school’s Presentation Room.

Shows are at 7:15 pm, Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10, followed by a special Sunday matinee performance at 2:00 pm on November 11.

The thirteenth in a series of original musical revues, this year’s theme is “Under
Cover”, and features performances of memorable “cover” songs by SHS vocalists and

All seats are $8, and tickets can be purchased from the Salem High School Bookstore
during school hours only (no telephone sales). Tickets can also be purchased online
at SalemChoirs.org.

Drinks and desserts are available for purchase during the events. All proceeds
benefit the Salem Choir program.

Lucas Oil Stadium Hosts Bands of America Grand National Championships November 8-10

Twelve Indiana high school marching bands are among the 110 competing for America’s national champion title in three days of performances.

Starting Thursday, outstanding high school marching bands from 23 states will compete in the nation’s most prominent marching band championship, Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana,November 8-10. Approximately 100,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend over the three-day event. Bands will compete from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. 

The Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, is America’s national championship for high school marching bands and the culmination of the Bands of America season with 22 events held across America. Grand Nationals is not only an exciting live performance event for spectators, it is an educational experience for the young musicians who participate and their teachers.


The championship event will feature 110 bands in two days of preliminary competition on Friday and Saturday. Thirty bands from preliminary competition will advance to Saturday’s Semi-Finals. The top 12 scoring bands on Saturday will move on to the evening Finals competition, where the Grand National Champion will be named. A panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching arts experts will evaluate the Grand National Championship performances.


Six outstanding college marching bands will perform in exhibition throughout the event, from Ball State University, Marian University, Michigan State University, Tennessee State University, University of Toledo and West Chester University. Grand Nationals also includes an Expo with more than 100 booths on the Lucas Oil Stadium concourse, and a student leadership workshop.


Grand Nationals has been held in Indianapolis all but two years since 1984, first in the Hoosier Dome/RCA Dome and in Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened. The 2018 Grand National Championships was expanded for 2018, making it the largest Bands of America Grand National Championships in the organization’s 43-year history.


With over 1.5 million music students impacted by Music for All’s programs over more than 40 years, Bands of America Championships are a celebration of music education at its finest, showcasing excellence, teamwork, and leadership. Paige’s Music/Chops Percussion of Indianapolis is the Official Music Store of the event. In addition to those in attendance, thousands more will watch the Grand Nationals live stream on FloMarching.com.


Twelve Indiana bands compete in this national competition

Twelve Indiana bands, including Avon High School, Carmel High School, Castle High School, Center Grove High School, Columbus North High School, Fishers High School, Goshen High School, Greenfield Central High School, Homestead High School, Lawrence Central H.S., Lewis Cass High School, and Monrovia High School will compete in the Grand National Championships.

The Grand National Championships preliminary competition begins on Thursday, November 8 at 7:45 a.m. and will conclude at 11:15 p.m. The preliminary competition resumes on Friday November 9 at approximately 7:00 a.m. and concludes at 8:15 p.m. Gates will open for the Semi-Finals competition on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 a.m. with performances beginning at 7:00 a.m., and will conclude at 4:45 p.m. Gates open for the Finals competition on Saturday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Current times will be listed at musicforall.orgSpecial Events
Six college bands will perform in exhibition: Tennessee State University “The Aristocrat of Bands” on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Friday at 10:00 a.m.; Ball State “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band on Friday at 4:45 p.m.; the Spartan Marching Band of Michigan State University on Friday at the conclusion of the preliminary performance at 8:15 p.m.; Marian University Marching Knights on Saturday at 9:00 a.m; The Rocket Marching Band of the University of Toledo at1:45 p.m. on Saturday, and the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band of West Chester University at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.


Friday evening’s festivities after the preliminary competition will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will include the Sponsor Recognition Awards; the presentation of the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award, a national award honoring an outstanding band parent and supporter and named in honor of Louisville resident Patrick John Hughes, co-author with his son Patrick Henry of “I Am Potential”; and the Prelims Awards Ceremony & announcement of Semi-Finalists. There is also a Student Leadership Workshop with Dr. Tim Lauzenheiser, where student leaders will learn hard-hitting life skills that will positively contribute to the welfare of their band programs.


Special events include programs for future music educators, student leaders, and music education advocates.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available for the Grand National Championships at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone and at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. Tickets for the four days of events range from $16 to $120. See all ticket prices at www.musicforall.org. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. A $5 off any general admission ticket (individual Preliminaries and Semi-Finals) discount will be available at the gate for college students with an ID, spectators 11-18 years of age, military members and spouses (military ID required), and spectators age 62 and over.


About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All, through its Music for All, Bands of America, Orchestra America, and choir programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All serves more than 500,000 participants annually with programs that include 30+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival and Affiliate Regional Music Festivals for concert bands, orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, percussion ensembles, and the national honor concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.

Two Car Crash Claims One Life

A two car crash on US 35, (the Muncie Bypass,) and E. McGalliard Rd. shortly before 5 p.m. this evening claimed the life of a Selma woman.  Troopers arrived to find a blue Ford station wagon in the north bound lanes of the bypass, and a red Toyota car in the west bound lane of McGalliard Rd. on the northeast corner of the intersection.

The preliminary investigation by Master Trooper Coley McCutcheon revealed that the blue station wagon, driven by Janet Bonham, age 65 of Selma, was turning east onto McGalliard from the south bound lanes of the Muncie Bypass, when it turned into the path of a north bound Toyota, driven by Curtis Bow Jr., age 47 of Muncie.

Bonham was transported from the crash scene by Delaware County EMS, but later succumbed to her injuries at IU Health’s Ball Memorial Hospital. Bow was not injured in the crash. The crash had the north bound lanes of the Muncie Bypass closed for over 2 hours.

Trooper McCutcheon was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Jeff Zeiger, Troopers Tom Harbison, Scott Beamon and Mark Hanna, as well as Muncie City Police, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, Delaware County EMA and EMS and Northwest Towing.

Tips Lead to Arrest of Person Who Stole ISP Handgun

Tuesday morning at 10:00, Indiana State Police Detectives from the Putnamville Post were contacted by the Parke County Sheriff’s Office regarding information of the stolen handgun from an Indiana State Police commission.

Arrested was Logan J. Blubaugh, age 19, of Rosedale. He was incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail

Blubaugh was charged with unlawful Entry of a motor Vehicle, Obstruction of Justice, and Theft.

The Parke County Sheriff’s Office received a tip earlier this morning regarding a stolen Indiana State Police firearm.

The Sheriff’s Office contacted the State Police Putnamville Post and advised them of information received. Deputies also advised the original tip was of a stolen vehicle.

Detectives from the State Police Putnamville Post responded to the address provided by the Sheriff’s Office. During the investigation, information was received and led to a suspect matching the description of the individual found on surveillance video.

Detectives along with deputies were provided with information of the suspect’s whereabouts. Once the suspect was located, information was received of the possible location of the handgun. The Indiana State Police Scuba Team was then contacted for assistance. The suspect was arrested and incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation.

The case was investigated by Indiana State Police Sergeant Detective Sam Stearley, and Detective Don Curtis. Assisting were Parke County Deputies, Sergeant Brad McNeil, Deputy Kyle Stonebraker, and Detective Mike Pivowar. Also assisting was Indiana State Police Scuba Team members Sergeant Chris Lambert, Sergeant Kris Fitzgerald and Detective Mike Taylor.